Indiana Arts Commission And Arts Council To Host Creative Town Hall Today At …

first_img  Who We Are    What We Do    Celebration of Leadership    VOICENews    Calendar of Events    Get Involved Remember–IGNITE THE NITE is less than a month away! Click here or call us for tickets and sponsorships! Golfers and non-gofers welcome! You’re invited to an arts-focused town hall discussion next week hosted by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council! The Creative Indiana Town Hall is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Sauced ballroom.The evening begins with a presentation from Ghanaian immigrant, musician and teacher Theophilus (Theo) Akai who will share his experience as a musician in southwestern Indiana and what it’s been like to introduce his community to global cultures through art. Then Evansville’s Leadership Everyone CEO Lynn Miller Pease will lead participants in a high-energy town hall-style conversation about how we can grow the arts in our communities, regions and statewide.What: Creative Indiana Town HallWhen: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12Where: The Ballroom at Sauced, 1113 Parrett St. Evansville, IN 47713For more information, contact the Arts Council at 812-303-3178 COME AND CELEBRATE EVANSVILLE’S LATINO CELEBRATION IN THE HEART OF THE CITY. The 6th Annual FIESTA EVANSVILLE is set to bring wonderful entertainment for the whole family! Live Music Bands, Mariachi, Inflatables, Kids Carnival Games with more than 100 Booths sharing fun, culture, and delicious Ethnic Food from 20 Different Latin American Countries!!! Come and enjoy the Awesome Parade of Nations and the Entertainment of Wonderful Latin Artists! October 13, 11 am, Wesselman Park, FREE! Join the Vanderburgh County Health Department for their FOURTH Neighborhood Baby Shower on Sunday, October 13, 2-4 pm at the CK Newsome Center. Call 812-435-5813 to register or click here! Free lunch and prizes, and you must sign up to attend–space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Questions?Email [email protected] or call 812-425-3828 x3. Questions?Email [email protected] or call 812-425-3828 x3. COME AND CELEBRATE EVANSVILLE’S LATINO CELEBRATION IN THE HEART OF THE CITY. The 6th Annual FIESTA EVANSVILLE is set to bring wonderful entertainment for the whole family! Live Music Bands, Mariachi, Inflatables, Kids Carnival Games with more than 100 Booths sharing fun, culture, and delicious Ethnic Food from 20 Different Latin American Countries!!! Come and enjoy the Awesome Parade of Nations and the Entertainment of Wonderful Latin Artists! October 13, 11 am, Wesselman Park, FREE! Remember–IGNITE THE NITE is less than a month away! Click here or call us for tickets and sponsorships! Golfers and non-gofers welcome! FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare You’re invited to an arts-focused town hall discussion next week hosted by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council! The Creative Indiana Town Hall is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Sauced ballroom.The evening begins with a presentation from Ghanaian immigrant, musician and teacher Theophilus (Theo) Akai who will share his experience as a musician in southwestern Indiana and what it’s been like to introduce his community to global cultures through art. Then Evansville’s Leadership Everyone CEO Lynn Miller Pease will lead participants in a high-energy town hall-style conversation about how we can grow the arts in our communities, regions and statewide.What: Creative Indiana Town HallWhen: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12Where: The Ballroom at Sauced, 1113 Parrett St. Evansville, IN 47713For more information, contact the Arts Council at 812-303-3178  Who We Are    What We Do    Celebration of Leadership    VOICENews    Calendar of Events    Get Involved Join the Vanderburgh County Health Department for their FOURTH Neighborhood Baby Shower on Sunday, October 13, 2-4 pm at the CK Newsome Center. Call 812-435-5813 to register or click here! Free lunch and prizes, and you must sign up to attend–space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Indiana Arts Commission and Arts Councilto host Creative Town Hall Tod At Haynie’sCorner TOMORROW: Indiana Arts Commission and Arts Councilto host Creative Town Halllast_img read more

Dont Just Disclose Odds For Video Game Loot Boxes Ban Them

first_img The Entertainment Software Association just announced the big three video game hardware makers Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony will now force publishers to reveal odds for loot boxes in games that appear on their consoles starting in 2020. Apple and Google recently implemented a similar policy with their mobile game stores, where free-to-play gambling tactics are even more prevalent, so it’s nice to see the industry get on the same page when it comes to this issue. But it’s not enough. Loot boxes cannot be made more ethical. They need to be banned.Considering the ESA’s sole function is to lobby for the video game industry (and leak personal information of people who go to E3) it makes sense they would endorse this half-step towards self-regulating. Following debacles like Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes being borderline illegal, the threat of government interference looms ever larger with senators introducing explicitly anti-loot box legislation. Meanwhile, pressure from pro-union employees is finally offering us hope that game executives, overpaid through exploitation of workers and consumers alike, may finally be held accountable for their actions.Disclosing loot box odds isn’t entirely meaningless. It puts more power into players’ hands so they can make smarter choices about how much money to flush into these free games. Real casinos wouldn’t give you this kind of information. And with this extra transparency, publishers may be more inclined to tip the odds in your favor to get that fancy outfit. It’s all so greedy and frustratingly arbitrary anyway. There’s no real reason for entirely virtual items to be “rare.”Plus, the last time the industry tried to clean up its act before the government did we got the ESRB. A ratings board, while not perfect, was absolutely necessary. It’s kind of crazy that the industry went so long without one. Violent video games shouldn’t be banned, but also maybe little kids shouldn’t play them.But simply disclosing loot box odds just puts a bandage over a gaping wound. Random loot boxes are simply the latest, grossest permutation of “free-to-play” mechanics that in fact encourage players to spend an infinite amount of money on a game instead of $60. It’s inherently predatory and fundamentally damages game design, even when you know the odds.When explaining their support for this ESA initiative, Sony and Nintendo talked specifically about how it ties in with their parental control apps, implying that loot boxes target and harm children most of all. That doesn’t sound like something in need of a reform. It sounds like something that should be banned.The drama over loot boxes is just one part of why the video game industry, the tech industry, and the idea of industry itself these days is in desperate need of regulation, from the inside or the outside if need be. This new loot box rule is a baby step in the right direction, but we need a full push.More on Geek.com:The Creepiest Video Game CultsThese Are the Games You Should Play in August 2019Superstar Streamer Ninja Leaves Twitch For Microsoft’s Mixer Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more